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everyone knows, the current classifications of levels are under discussion at the Kennel Club,
and news has reached Agilitynet that radical changes have already been agreed. This is not
merely tinkering with an old system. And it is to take effect today!
investigation over the last few months, several well placed agility people who wish to remain
anonymous report that there has been a complete rethink of the system. The changes will address
the issues of inclusivity and fairness.
We feel it is time
for you to share our information. So here goes.
In future these will
be the following classifications for dogs. Please note that there will be agility and jumping,
as well as special classes available in these classifications.
Bitches (Had at least one litter)
rationale behind the changes
The reasoning behind these classifications is simple. Most of the top dogs are, in
fact, bitches. It isn’t fair on the male dogs to make them compete against those that are
naturally more talented. It definitely isn’t fair to make the macho stud dogs compete against
the entire dogs, as the stud dogs will have other things on their minds, including being top
dog in the queue, while the entire dogs have got frustration as a driving force – and all that
It was contemplated
to put the neutered dogs in with the bitches, as that is where the other male dogs seem to
think they should be, but it seemed a little unkind. Also, as there were likely to be large
numbers in this class, they warranted a class of their own.
Similarly, it didn’t
seem fair to put mothers – think of what having a litter has done to their stress levels, let
alone their figures! – in with maiden bitches who are focused on impressing the stud and entire
dogs in the next ring with their agility prowess, and hence suitability as a mate. Again, the
neutered bitches, with their incontinence problems, needed a classification of their own, just
to be fair.
Wins by previously
entire dogs and bitches would be forfeited if they subsequently are neutered, and the dogs and
bitches would all begin again – on a level playing field.
need a vets certificate and registration number to be eligible for the neutered or
‘mother’ categories. This registration could be carried out by trained agility handlers
at shows (at a small cost to the dog’s owners) These people could also verify that the
male dogs were either entire or neutered; they could be called ‘measurers’ for this
purpose. An endorsed photograph of the dog’s hind quarters would be displayed in a record
categories, there would be sub-sections for dogs with or without tails which would
replace the current sub-sections for Border Collies and ABCs. Obviously, dogs with tails
have a steering and balancing advantage over dogs without tails, as we all know.
Reclassification of dogs that are neutered or docked during the year would take place
annually on 1 April each year, and all dogs new to agility would have to have been
‘measured’ by this date each year.
decisions have been ratified by the appropriate committee, there will be no consultation
period and all changes will be effective from today.’
1 April 2005
Agility Record Book